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Minority Health & Health Equity

Mission

Health for All
  • Geographic Location (rural and urban)
  • Gender
  • Disability status or special health care needs
  • Sexual identity and orientation
  • Race and ethnicity

The Office of Minority Health was activated in 1994 by authority of the Oklahoma State Board of Health.  The office was created, primarily, to address the disproportionally poor health of Oklahoma’s racial and ethnic minority populations.  In 2018, the office expanded its scope of service to further address the social determinants of health, increase access to healthcare and promote health equity.  A name change was also implemented – Office of Minority Health & Health Equity.  With a broader mission, new goals and guiding principles, the OSDH Office of Minority Health & Health Equity is committed to working with agency, local, state and national partners to ensure that all Oklahomans have the opportunity to attain the best possible health – “health for all”.

Goals

  • Awareness – Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the state, and the action necessary to improve health outcomes for people of racial and ethnic minority groups and other populations that are underserved due to poor access to healthcare resources
  • Leadership – Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities in all categories
  • Healthy System & Life Experience – Improve health and healthcare outcomes for people of racial and ethnic minority groups and other populations that are underserved 
  • Cultural & Linguistic Competency – Improve cultural & linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce
  • Data, Research & Evaluation – Improve data coordination, utilization and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Email: minorityhealth@health.ok.gov

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